Lady Wolves go 4-0-1 in tourneys
MERIDIAN – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves went 4-0-1 over the weekend in the Meridian and Jones County Tournament. The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves endured a cold, windy weekend of tournament play, coming out on the winning end of three games against Division 1 JUCO opponents.
“Overall, I was really pleased with our weekend,” said Co-Lin coach Allen Kent. “We competed against some very good teams. With the late start Friday, we ended up playing all five games in a 24-hour period. Our girls were pretty exhausted, but played their hearts out.”
Co-Lin improved its record to 10-0-1. Due to a wet field, the Lady Wolves have postponed today’s game against No, 4-ranked LSU-Eunice.
Co-Lin 8, SW Tenn. 0
Freshman Brooke Gonzales hurled a 2-hit shutout as the Lady Wolves run-ruled Southwest Tennessee in 5 innings. Gonzales struck out 2 and walked 3, raising her record to 3-0.
Co-Lin shortstop Josie Porter led the hitting attack with a triple, 2 singles, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Karla Beth Hux singled twice for 2 RBI. Hannah Roberts doubled and singled for 2 RBI. Kayla Craft singled twice and had an RBI as Jaylee Fernandez doubled and singled.
Beth Fortenberry ended the contest with a pinch-hit RBI single. Kaitlan Moak, Shelby Mitchell and Missy Romero added singles.
“We played error-free ball behind Brooke,” said Coach Kent. “She did a great job staying ahead in the count. It was a really good win for us, as Southwest Memphis had a really good fall against some 4-year schools.”
Co-Lin 3, Northeast 3
Due to the tournament being behind schedule, along with the cold and windy conditions, Coach Kent and Northeast Coach Jody Long agreed before the game to only play 5 innings. “Coach Long and I discussed it and decided due to the conditions, to limit our contest to five innings,” said Kent. ” Especially with us having the 9 a.m. game Saturday, it was the right call to make.”
Northeast scratched a run in the first, but Co-Lin responded in the second. With 2 out, Kacie Berry singled and Kaitlan Melton drew a walk. Makenzie Rials and Josie Porter followed with RBI singles.
The Lady Tigers touched Meghan Johnson for a pair of runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the 5th, Karla Beth Hux doubled. Following 2 groundouts, pinch hitter Kayla Craft stroked an RBI single to right to tie the game.
Missy Romero pitched the first 2 innings, giving up an unearned run on 3 hits and 1 strikeout. Johnson went 2 innings, allowing 2 earned runs with a strikeout and 4 hits. Chynna Coghlan tossed a perfect 5th to preserve the tie.
The tournament was an hour late getting started Friday, so it threw us all behind, only playing on 1 field.
Co-Lin 5, Bishop 1
In the 4th, the Lady Wolves finally warmed up their bats as Karla Beth Hux and Hannah Roberts smashed consecutive doubles to left for a 1-0 lead. In the 5th, Jaylee Fernandez singled and stole second, then scored on Porter’s single to center.
In the 6th, Hux singled and Kaitlan Melton pinch ran and stole second. Shelby Mitchell followed with an RBI single and Mak Rials pinch ran. Romero singled and pinch hitter Elizabeth Cliburn delivered an RBI single for a 5-0 lead.
Gonzales upped her record to 4-0, tossing 6 shutout innings, only allowing a single to lead off the game. She struck out 6 and issued one walk. Meghan Johnson tossed the final inning, giving up 2 hits and one unearned run. Fernandez helped the hitting attack Co-Lin 15, Pensacola 7
The Lady Wolves left Meridian after the 9 a.m. game and drove to Ellisville for a 2 p.m. contest with highly touted Pensacola State of Florida. Pensacola scored 2 unearned runs in the second, but the Lady Wolves would respond in their half of the inning.
Jaylee Fernandez singled with one out. Elizabeth Cliburn followed with a single. Cliburn stole second and Josie Porter delivered an RBI single. Kayla Craft was hit by a pitch and Hux reached on an error. Shelby Mitchell followed with a 2 run single and a 5-2 lead.
Pensacola knocked out starter Missy Romero with a 4-run third to take a 6-5 lead. Gonzales entered with one out and only allowed an unearned run for the rest of the contest.
Co-Lin regained the lead in the 4th as Craft reached on an error. Roberts singled and Mitchell delivered an RBI single. Romero’s RBI double tied the score at 7-7. The Lady Wolves kept pounding out hits in the fifth as Bradi Davis and Cliburn singled. Craft drilled a 2 run single and later scored on an error.
The Lady Wolves ended the contest by the 8-run rule in the 6th, tacking on 5 runs. Davis singled and Cliburn hit into a ‘ choice. Porter singled and Craft drilled a 2-run triple to right. Karla Beth Hux hit a towering 2 run homer to right center for a 14-7 advantage. Hannah Roberts singled to right and scored on Romero’s game-ending double to right.
Every starter had at least one hit, with Cliburn singling 3 times. Hux homered, singled and walked twice for 4 RBI. Craft tripled and doubled for 4 RBI. Mitchell singled twice and walked for 2 RBI. Porter singled twice for 2 RBI. Romero doubled twice with 2 RBI. Roberts singled twice, walked, reached on an error, scored 3 times and added an RBI. Davis singled twice and Fernandez added a single.
“It was a very good offensive showing for us, especially considering the cold and windy conditions,” said Coach Kent. “Pensacola kept bringing in new pitchers and we just kept pounding away. They made a few errors and we took advantage of them. It was a very good win for us.
“Brooke did a great job of coming in and shutting them down,” Kent continued. Gonzales raised her record to 5-0, hurling 3 and 2/3 innings. The Denham Springs product allowed 2 hits and an unearned run, while striking out 1 and walking 2. Gonzales tossed 14 and 2/3 scoreless innings over the weekend.
” She really looked sharp, staying ahead in the count.” Said Kent. “We played very good defense behind her. It’s great to see her look this well, coming off of shoulder surgery last summer. She didn’t get fully released until December.”
Co-Lin 5, MS Delta 1
Co-Lin scored twice in the second against Mississippi Delta CC as Kaitlin Moak reached on a 2 out error and stole second. Kaitlan Melton delivered an RBI single to center. Missy Romero delivered and RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Kayla Craft and Hux each singled. Roberts followed with an RBI single and Kacie Berry drilled a 2 run double for a 5-0 lead.
Delta scored a run in the third off of a blown call on an interference play. Meghan Johnson raised her record to 3-0, tossing 3 innings. She allowed an unearned run on 1 hit with 3 strikeouts and one walk. Chynna Coghlan threw 4 scoreless innings, scattering 4 hits to preserve the win.